Cream Cheese Pound Cake is buttery, moist and delicious. Easy to make with a box of yellow cake mix and a few additional ingredients. Pairs well with fruit, ice cream or whipped cream. Adjusted recipe and photography by Beverly Davis for CornbreadMillionaire.com.
Use a folded paper towel soaked in vegetable oil to thoroughly grease a standard bundt pan OR spray it with no-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
In large bowl, combine softened cream cheese (room temperature), 1/2 cup sugar, 4 eggs, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. With mixer on low speed, mix together until smooth and creamy (about 1 minute).
Add 1/2 cup melted unsalted butter (or vegetable oil), 1/2 cup of water and cake mix. With mixer on low speed, mix together just until combined (about 2 minutes). Batter will be thick and creamy.
Pour or spoon batter into prepared 6-cup bundt pan. Smooth top with back of spoon. Batter will not fill pan. Leaves room for cake to rise.
Bake 40-45 minutes OR until top springs back when lightly pressed. Or press a knife in center all the way down touching bottom. If it comes out clean, cake is done. Never use a toothpick because it’s only pierces the top part the cake.
Cool 30 minutes before turning out onto a large plate.
Although Cream Cheese Pound Cake is delicious warm, it tastes MUCH better after 24 hours in the refrigerator.
HOW TO REFRIGERATE: Place cooled Cream Cheese Pound Cake in a large container and seal shut with a lid. Refrigerate 24 hours. Cold cake tastes AMAZING!
HOW TO WARM COLD CAKE SLICES: After 24 hours in the fridge, slice pound cake. Length of warming time in microwave depends on thickness of each slice. Start with 3-5 seconds on high. Repeat if necessary.
In medium bowl, combine powdered sugar and whole milk. Stir until well combined. If desired, add an additional 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of milk for a thinner consistency.
Drizzle glaze on cooled (or cold) Cream Cheese Pound Cake.
In a medium bowl, stir together powdered sugar and fresh lemon juice until smooth. The glaze should be thick and pourable.
Taste a sample. To achieve desired consistency and tang, add more confectioners sugar and/or fresh lemon juice.